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Kärcher SC 2 – Comparison Test • Steam Cleaners

Class Evaluation (% share overall score)

GOOD (2.04)
Operation / handling (30%)
GOOD (2.14)
Power (25%)
GOOD (1.90)
Equipment (25%)
VERY GOOD (1.00)
Security (10%)
GOOD (1.80)
Amazon data (10%)

advantages and disadvantages

Plus points

    • 2-stage steam regulation
    • Easy Park System
    • Large water tank


    • No iron terminal

Functions / Features

  • Weight (kg): 2.9 Kg
  • Power: 1500 Watt
  • Max. Steam pressure: 3.2 bar
  • Water tank capacity: 1 liter
  • Cable length: 4 meters
  • Action radius: 7.45 meters
  • Heating time: 6.5 minutes
  • Steam flow control: the handle
  • childlock
  • release
  • Steam strength selection: 2 steps
  • floor nozzle
  • floor cloth
  • Detail nozzle
  • Hand tool
  • Number round brush heads: 1
  • Park system
  • Manufacturer: Kärcher
  • Operating instructions: +


  • 2-chamber system
  • Integrated accessory compartment
  • window Washer
  • Iron
  • Iron connection
category A Total Score Score / points
Operation / handling 30% Note 2:04
Weight (Kg) 2.9 Kg  90.00
radius 7.45 meters  49.00
2-chamber system  –   00:00
Steam regulation handle  50.00
Steam power selection 2 stages  50.00
Total points 239.00 (500)
power 25% Note 2:14
power 1500 Watt  22:22
Max. Steam pressure 3.2 bar  41.18
Water tank capacity 1 liter  50.00
Heating time 6.5 minutes  58.62
Total points 172.02 (400)
equipment 25% Note 1.90
Integrated accessory compartment  –   00:00
floor nozzle  + 100.00
floor cloth  + 100.00
Detail nozzle  + 100.00
Hand tool  + 100.00
Number round brush attachments 1  50.00
window Washer  –   00:00
Park system  + 100.00
Iron  –   00:00
Iron connection  –   00:00
instruction manual +  55.56
Total points 605.56 (1100)
safety 10% Note 1:00
childlock  + 100.00
release  + 100.00
Total points 200.00 (200)
Amazon data 10% Note 1.80
Amazon valuation 4.2  60.00
Total points  60.00 (100)
Properties without rating
cable length

The steam cleaner Karcher SC 2 is ideally suited for the cleaning of hard floors of all kinds. You can change its equipment in ourcomparison table refer and detailed in the following table:

    • The water tank 1 liter can take tap water, the power is 1500 watts . After 6.5 minutes, the water is as much heated that the steam with 3.2 bar steam pressure coming from the nozzles.
    • On the main unit are found the safety lock for pouring water, an indicator light to show the heating and holders for accessories and floor nozzle.
    • The selector switch for the steam volume (with child protection) and the steam lever can be found easily accessible housed on the handle. That is also a steam gun or extension tubes for the floor nozzle are connected.
    • The extension cord is 4 meters long, the radius of action – from the wall outlet to the floor nozzle – is 7.5 meters.
  • An accessory is included:
    • the hand tool,
    • a jet nozzle,
    • a round brush (it is on the detail nozzle front mounted)
    • a terry cloth cover for the hand tool,
    • 2 interlocking pluggable extension tubes,
    • the floor nozzle and a floor cloth,
    • Kärcher Entkalkersticks.

Steam cleaners Kärcher SC 2

The steam cleaner SC Karcher including delivery accessories.

Among other things, comes the cleaner with a floor nozzle, a jet nozzle and a hand tool.

The Kärcher SC 2 is the successor to the steam cleaner Karcher SC 1020, which the “Home and Garden” magazine test (issue 3/2014), the Test score 1.5 (Good) received. Most of the properties of the SC 1020 can also be found at SC 2 again, still a lot has improved: the heating time has shortened, the weight was low and the floor cleaning “Comfort” comes with a flexible joint to the floor nozzle.

Even at the most simple to use steam cleaner has not changed:

    • At the beginning it unscrews the safety lock and then fills a normal tap water. Who wants to save energy and heating time, of course, takes already warmed water. And who wants to save the descaling of the appliance, use best commercially available distilled water . For descaling but in all cases the manufacturer Entkalkersticks included.
    • Switched on , the steam cleaner by plugging the power cord into an electrical outlet. So there is no additional On / Off switch!
    • Previously you should have for one of the supplied accessories decide:
      • floor nozzle,
      • Detail nozzle,
      • Hand tool.
    • After power is heating up 8 minutes wait, then you can start steam cleaning.
  • For the decalcification Entkalkersticks are included. The process of descaling is very well described in the manual. There is also again noted that with consistent use of distilled water descaling is not necessary.


The maximum electric power is 1500 watts . The actual energy consumption, however, depends on the selected steam level and the votes per unit amount of steam.

The steam pressure in the boiler is after heating 3.2 bar . The heating time after filling with water is 6.5 minutes. ,

Here is carefully provided as with all Kärcher devices:

    • The selector switch on the handle for the amount of steam has a position for child safety . In defected position no steam is released when operating the steam lever.
    • The boiler is equipped with a safety lock provided that the pressure relief valve opens automatically when too much pressure.
  • Finally, the pressure regulator could turn, registers the pressure. Also in this case there is a solution: a safety thermostat measures the temperature of the device and switches it off when it overheats.

to refill water

To avoid lime deposits, it is recommended that distilled water for filling to use.

For all cases of Kärcher steam cleaner Entkalkersticks are included.

As this steam cleaner no 2-chamber system has, you have to wait for replenishment of the water at first, until the boiler has cooled down and the safety lock can be opened.

We brief the essential characteristics of the device together:

  • the water tank holds 1 liter,
  • Vapor pressure 3.2 bar
  • electric power 1500 Watt,
  • 2-stage steam control with Parental Control,
  • Indication operation after heating,
  • Safety lock, overheat protection,
  • lots of accessories: Hand tool, detail nozzle and floor nozzle,
  • simple decalcification with Entkalkersticks.

Here again follow all the information and the test score for Steam Cleaner Model Kärcher SC 2:

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